Pune man receives heart of Surat resident

February 12, 2017 11:51 pm | Updated 11:51 pm IST

Mumbai: A 36-year-old man from Pune received the heart of a brain dead Surat resident, giving him a new lease of life. A team of doctors from a private hospital in Mulund successfully transplanted the heart.

The donor heart was transported in a chopper in two hours and two minutes from Surat, covering a distance of 278 km, a release issued by Fortis Hospital in Mulund said.

The recipient from Indapur taluka in Pune district was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. The donation became possible when a 48-year-old man was declared brain dead at a hospital in Surat. The chopper took off at 3.04 p.m. and landed in Mumbai at 4.16 p.m. It was then transported in an ambulance to Mulund for an immediate transplant, it said.

“The surgery has been concluded and the recipient is now stable. We will continue to monitor him in the ICU for the next 48 to 72 hours,” Dr. Anvay Mulay of Fortis Hospital said.

“Heart transplant has now become a real viable treatment option for patients with end-stage cardiac diseases, who tend to otherwise have poor quality life surviving on medications,” Dr. S. Narayani, zonal director, Fortis Hospital, said. — PTI

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